EPIC Energy Seminar: How Technology and Automation in the Control Room Affect Operator Performance

March 11, 2020 - 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
EPIC 1332

During the Fall and Spring semesters, EPIC presents the Energy Seminar Series with speakers from around the region. These experts share valuable information and their insight into trends and news that are related to energy. Seminars are free and are open to students, faculty, industry partners, and friends of EPIC, and pizza is provided. Space is limited, so please be sure to register to attend.

How Technology and Automation in the Control Room Affect Operator Performance


In an attempt to improve processes, today’s control rooms deploy sophisticated automation and control strategies. Despite these technological advances, errors and near misses continue to occur. In a complex system such as the electric grid, humans (operators) are responsible for two things: (1) to operate the system; and (2) help prevent accidents. Humans are adaptable pieces of a complex system. Rocky’s presentation will explain how information perceived by the operator acquires meaning in specific situations, and why optimal information representation and visual communication are key to effective performance.


Rocky Sease is the owner and CEO of SOS Intl, a leading provider of training and advisory services to the power industry. Headquartered in Charlotte, NC since 2002, SOS provides NERC approved-continuing education and compliance services to more than 16,000 students representing approximately 1,100 organizations. 

With an Engineering Degree from Clemson University, Rocky has worked in the electric utility industry for almost four decades. He has experience in virtually every aspect of electric utility operations including generation, transmission, distribution, and customer service operations. He is a registered Professional Engineer and former NERC Certified System Operator.



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